Oliver Cromwell 1658/7 Crown

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Oliver Cromwell 1658/7 Crown

Oliver Cromwell (d.1658), silver Crown, 1658, 8 in date struck over 7, laureate and draped bust left, raised die flaw at mid-stage, abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, OLIVAR. D.G.R.P. ANG. SCO. HIB &c PRO, rev. crowned quartered shield of arms of the Protectorate, date above, PAX QVÆRITVR BELLO, edge inscribed in raised letters, *.HAS. NISI. PERITVRVS. MIHI. ADIMAT. NEMO. (L&S 1; Bull 240; ESC 10; S.3226). Toned, nick on cheek and wear on high points, otherwise quite attractive, good very fine / almost extremely fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as "Oliver by the Grace of God, Protector of the Republic of England, Scotland and Ireland," and on the reverse "Peace is sought by war," and additionally on the edge "Let no one remove these from me under penalty of death," a direct reference to the crime of clipping the edges of coins, which was prevalent on hammered coins of the time.

 

Provenance:
Ex A H Baldwin Fixed Price List, Winter 2010, item BM044.

AM00514

£8,500
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